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A Hertzbreakerz project in collaboration with Duo Dubois

The idea was born out of a practical need. The Duo Dubois is in search of a repertoire that is easily transportable, with a light and practical setup that allows the performers to fit the entire setup of the program in a manageable luggage. The paraphrase punch-line More with less points right to this idea, the challenge of creating something powerful even with minimal materials.


This practical need for “portable music” offered Hertzbreakerz a reference to a praxis of the nineteenth century: the arie da baule - these arias being pieces that were inserted whenever it was needed in an opera. Those arias where the “ace up the sleeve” of the great opera singers of the time, metaphorically called arie da baule (“trunk aria”), since the singers had their trunk full of so-called “insertion arias” to be sung at any suiting moment.

To tighten this connection to the arie da baule, the composers are asked to relate, in some way, to the classical opera aria repertoire. The aria becomes an objet trouvé that gives the new piece its root material. This new program will therefore become a sort of transcription of the great aria tradition, stripped from their grandiose context - the arias will be transformed into a modern piece...da baule. The composers will, this way, operate an inverted process compared to the historical one: decontextualizing the famous arias from their original opera framing and transforming them into new, independent pieces.

The project is funded by Musikverket.

Concert program: 

  • Alessandro Perini: How to conjure the spirit of Lucy in three steps, via telephone (2021) for two performers and electronics; 

  • Jonatan Sersam: Platform findings (2021) for trunk and saxophone; 

  • Francesco Del Nero: Autoritratto di un'aria (2021) for saxophone, percussion and MIDI controller; 

  • Justina Repeckaite: Ciclo Continuo (2021) for soprano saxophone, snaredrum and objects;  

  • Sandra BossThe song of the sirens (2021) for tubes and voices;

  • Simone Corti: Songs from the trunk (2021) for alto saxophone, kaosspad and snaredrum.